Once (perhaps) all the fruit for this came from Oven’s Valley (now usually called Alpine Valley) but this, one of the last few vintages of this wine, is probably a blend – perhaps with fruit from nearby Rutherglen, or elsewhere. This area in Victoria is near Albury, half-way between Melbourne and Canberra. Very continental climate, potentially cool (cool nights), but also some very hot days in Summer.
A piece of Australian wine history. Large old oak, restrain when it comes to added acid.
Bought at auction. Cheap cork but in perfect condition.
Aromas of age, leather (old furniture), warm, figgy. Sweet (more than expected) and very soft but with quite a bit of vitality for its age. Very good wine that won’t get any better. Amazing that a commercial wine like this, no tannic blockbuster, nothing ‘reserve’ about it, can age so gracefully.
And this is no fluke. I remember buying old bottles of this when I was a Uni student 20 years ago.